April 3, 2008

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Family, money, life ó post-goat
Jim Breuer plays wisdom for laughs
By Brian Early bearly@hippopress.com

Comedian and radio host Jim Breuer will perform at New Hampshire Technical College on April 11 as part of his Breuniversity Tour, promoted as ďa comedy show that will prepare students for real life with lessons they wonít learn in the classroom.Ē Breuer first made it big on Saturday Night Live in 1995, with his Goat Boy character. He also starred in Half Baked with Dave Chappelle. Since 2004 heís hosted a radio show, Breuer Unleashed, on Sirius Satellite Radio.

Why are you resurrecting your stand-up on the college circuit?
If you can hold their attentions for an hour and half, youíre on to something. Thatís why I picket the universities and colleges to start off with. I have a lot of nieces and nephews around that age. Itís a hard time in life. Everybody always asks you, ďWhat are you going to do with your life? Are you going to make money?Ē Itís a lot of pressure, a lot of pressure.

What was your college experience?
I attended Nassau Community College. I already I knew I wanted to do stand-up, I knew I wanted act. I knew I wanted to be the white Eddie Murphy. I could care less about school and college. I didnít take college very seriously. The most challenging part of the show is that they all look to me as the Half Baked guy. Iíve been doing stand-up for 20 years. Iíve never had a problem entertaining any age group. I do a show like I was hanging out with my nieces and nephews. So far Iíve done 15 colleges; all of them have been standing Oís. I just get the Half Baked stuff out of the way. Iím not going to stand here like a goat for an hour and half. I never thought a simple noise would make people happy.

You have an inspiring message?
Ever since I started doing stand-up, itís always been a simple message of life. Life is short and valuable, and sometimes we need to reevaluate. You can learn all you want in college, but you have to learn about your family and taking care of your family, and nobody teaches you about that stuff. And you just need friends to talk to. Your dad just died and your wife is pregnant. What are you going to do? Are you going to turn to drugs, are you going to run away? Oh ... you didnít take that course.

Is this tour testing the waters for a larger tour?
I am back. This is going to lead to a European tour and a worldwide tour.

What have you learned about family over the years?
Itís all you got in the end. It should be valuable to everybody. At the end of the day, itís all you have. When youíre mangled in the hospital, who is going to show up? We need to stop the finger-pointing. Britney Spears is a mess? Youíre a mess. Letís stop reading the nonsense. You need to start taking care of one another. All money pays for is an enhanced ego. There were times I found myself in that catch. Iím working with Robert De Niro and shooting movies. Iíd come home and my wife would ask, ďDid you send you mother a birthday card?Ē I didnít, but sheíd understand, because Iím famous. I have leather pants and a kangaroo. Did you see my trophies? ďBut you donít know your daughterís name?Ē But I make money, that whatís all about. Your life is valuable. Itís not about how long your donkey is and how fat your wallet is, itís what youíre doing with it. All of our families are dysfunctional. My sister just wrecked her car for the ninth time with a DUI. We all got it. Letís not pretend that you donít.

How do you enjoy radio?
Itís more like therapy, especially being on satellite. You can discuss anything you want, or talk about anything you want, any time you want. Itís an opportunity to go to other places, like god, faith, how you really feel, race, sexual manners, morality. Try that on regular radio. Thatís all truthful stuff. Real friendship and real marriage. Regular radio doesnít allow that anymore. Regular radio is not going to tell you the truth.

Have you gone back to college?
There are other ways to learn the things you need to. Even college to me is another way of milking peopleís money. Itís a system thatís failing horrendously. Ninety percent of the world end up leaving college in debt, a lot are alcoholics, a lot have lost their morals and none of them do what they went to school for. Iíd say thatís a major problem.

Do colleges have a problem when you bring that message?
Kids believe in truth, and they have no problem when you speak in truth. The adults are the ones that have a problem with the truth.